There are hundreds of thousands of motivational keynote speakers from every industry imaginable available for hire to speak at your next event. Yet time and time again sports motivational speakers have proven to be some of the most engaging and relatable speakers available for companies and organizations in any industry. Sports are universal, and so are the life lessons and success strategies that can translate to your business or organization. Leadership, teamwork, beating the competition, and developing a game plan for success are just a few of the topics that sports motivational speakers can cover. Win the day with one of these top sports motivational speakers below!
Peyton Manning: Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning is the NFL’s only 5-time MVP and earned his place as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history after setting records in almost every statistical passing category. Off the field, Peyton has continued to inspire others as a highly-sought after keynote speaker for corporate conferences, business events and sports ceremonies. He is hands down one of the most requested and entertaining sports motivational speakers on the speaking circuit today. Peyton is a true leader who knows exactly how to motivate and bring others together to achieve personal and company goals.
Magic Johnson: Magic may have just been tapped as the head honcho in the Lakers front office, but it’s his motivational speeches that are really bringing audiences to their feet! Magic is a dual-threat on the speakers circuit as an NBA legend and successful entrepreneur with an all-star combination of experience to deliver powerful keynote messages that are relatable and practical for audiences in any walk of life. He’s a top choice for business events and leadership summits but can switch up his game to inspire audiences at many other industry events including his most recent keynote at the Las Vegas Beauty Expo.
Aly Raisman: Assuming you weren’t living under a rock last August, you’ve heard about this dynamic individual and U.S. women’s gymnastics team captain who brought home 3 medals from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Aly was the experienced vet on the team this year who kept her team composed and led them to a Gold Medal in the team competition. Now a year later, Aly is the face of a number of marketing campaigns for major brands and has been a hit keynote speaker at events such as the Cheetah Digital 2017 Client Summit this June (Watch her speech here). She talks on topics including leadership, responsibility and positive body image.
Michael Phelps: The most decorative Olympian of all time is easily one of the best sports motivational speakers available for hire right now. Sure Michael Phelps has had his share of personal struggles, but he’s never shied away from his mistakes. That’s what makes him real; that’s why so many people can relate to him. We’ve all made mistakes and have to use them as stepping stones for success. In Michael’s case, that meant coming back to beat the world’s best competition in the pool for a 4th straight Olympics setting the record for most medals in Olympic history with 28. As a keynote speaker, Michael shares how your audience can find focus, stay determined, and build the proper game plan to achieve the impossible.
Shaquille O’Neal: There are very few sports motivational speakers on the planet who command a room quite like 7’1″ NBA Hall of Famer and businessman Shaquille O’Neal. He was one of the most unstoppable big men in NBA history and can now be seen cracking jokes and talking basketball with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley on TNT’s Inside the NBA. His big, fun-loving personality has also made him a home run for endorsements and celebrity marketing campaigns. Away from the court, Shaq is a savvy investor and entrepreneur who was ranked among The 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine in 2016. Size 22 shoes may be some pretty tough ones to fill, but Shaq teaches audiences about the steps they can take to be successful in their own personal and professional lives through preparation, dedication, and self-belief.
Laila Ali: Laila Ali is an undefeated professional boxer, beloved TV and podcast host, author and the CEO of her own popular lifestyle brand. Her keynote messages center around the idea of building an unshakable foundation from which you can find the courage and resolve to face any challenge life throws at you. For Laila, that foundation is built by the lessons in compassion, integrity, empathy, determination, faith and belief in herself that she learned growing up as the daughter of the greatest boxer who ever lived. Laila’s poignant message has made her a top choice for university speaker series and women’s leadership conferences where she inspires fellow women leaders and the next generation to find courage in themselves to dream big and achieve things they never thought were possible.
Lou Holtz: Lou is a legendary college football coach and on-air analyst for ESPN who is regarded as one of the greatest motivators of our time. He is best remembered as the longstanding coach of the University of Notre Dame where he won the National Championship with a 12-0 record in 1988 and went on to lead 6 different college programs to bowl games as a head coach. As a motivational keynote speaker for industry conferences and sports ceremonies, Lou shares his thoughts on good leadership, the power of teamwork, finding daily motivation and learning how to embrace the core values that can help improve any organization. Lou has spoken to a number of different groups in 2017 including the Manufacturer & Business Association’s Annual Event and the West Virginia Chamber Business Summit.
Kerri Walsh-Jennings: U.S. beach volleyball star and Olympic icon Kerri Walsh-Jennings is the definition of a champion. She is confident, dedicated, well-respected and refuses to let failure or difficult challenges stand in her way. 2017 has been a different kind of year for this mother of 3 who decided not participate on the AVP Tour in order to bring attention to the sport and the wage disparities she feels have been created by those in charge. She is not challenging authority for publicity, she’s fighting for every professional beach volleyball player who deserves the opportunity to make a living wage on the pro circuit. She is someone who uses her celebrity status to give a voice to those who do not have the same platform to shape public opinion. If you’re looking to hire a motivational speaker who will teach your audience how to fight for their dreams and acheive their goals, Kerri is the perfect keynote speaker for your event!
Stephen A. Smith: The man who needs no introduction, Stephen A. Smith, is one of the most outspoken on-air analysts for ESPN and a dynamic keynote speaker for university speaker series and leadership summits. Stephen A. is a featured analyst for a number of ESPN programs including SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, and NBA Countdown. Yet he is best known as the co-host of ESPN2’s daily morning sports talk show First Take with Max Kellerman debating the top sports stories of the day. Last week, Stephen A. was in North Carolina to provide the featured keynote at the Charlotte Touchdown Club’s annual event. Stephen A. is a born entertainer who can touch on topics including facing adversity (how to keep your head in the game), the road to great leadership, and ethics, on and off the field.
Emmitt Smith: This top sports motivational speaker has tip-toed his way across countless end zones and even the Dancing with the Stars stage where he took 1st place. But perhaps the greatest attribute of NFL Hall of Famer and businessman Emmitt Smith besides his slick moves is his ability to motivate and inspire others to reach their full potential and persevere through obstacles to achieve success as a motivational speaker at industry conferences and awards banquets. At a recent speech for the Billings Chamber of Commerce, Emmitt talked about how he used football as a catalyst to success in other avenues of his life, the importance of having mentors and being willing to admit you still have a lot to learn to get better.
Contact Celebrity Speakers Bureau today to hire top sports motivational speakers for your next corporate conference, end of year meeting, fundraiser, industry expo or other special event. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.